- It's more than just a database. In fact, it's more powerful as a rapid application development (RAD) tool than as a pure database.
- It's more than a no-code/low-code platform. While many Access projects begin life as no-code/low-code solutions, VBA is a fully-featured programming language that allows for a professional developer to implement even the most complex business logic.
- It has one of the best report writers of any platform. If web applications have a major weakness, it's in creating complex, printable reports. This is one of Access's great strengths, and it's a big reason why Access is so often used to create department-level line-of-business applications.
- Access applications can easily support hundreds or thousands of users. The ability to pair an Access front-end (forms, reports, and linked tables) with a robust back-end (e.g., SQL Server, MySQL, etc.) means that the scalability of an Access application is limited only by the skill of the developer.
- Access applications can be run from any device. While Access itself only runs on Windows, hosting an Access application in a cloud VM allows end users to interact with the application from Linux, an iPad, or even a mobile phone.
- You can use version control with Microsoft Access. Version control works best with text files. However, tools like Adam Waller's msaccess-vcs-addin that convert .accdb's and .mdb's to and from text files, let you take advantage of the benefits of version control with Access development.
- The Access runtime is free, including for commercial use. Many people assume that everyone who runs an Access application needs a paid license for Office or Access. However, you only need a paid license to develop an Access application, not to run an Access application. (h/t Kent Gorrell)
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UPDATE [2023-11-27]: Added number seven (re: Access runtime) as suggested by Kent Gorrell in the comments below. Thanks, Kent!